"We will do our best to keep the flag flying," said Raus Sharif, Chief Justice of Federal Court of Malaysia when officially elected President of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions/AACC) during AACC Board of Member Meeting (BoMM), Tuesday, (08/08).
The AACC presidential election process this time was very short and intimate compared to that in 2016 in Nusa Dua, Bali. At that time, the election was very strenuous, that not one member country was ready to accept the post. Consequently, the Indonesian Constitutional Court was mandated to extend its presidency until 2017.
In this year’s AACC BoMM, a number of members even volunteered for the AACC presidency for the next period. Three countries other than Malaysia declared their willingness to become AACC President, namely Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Thailand.
Kazakhtan’s President of the Constitutional Court, Igor Rogov, in a statement said he was ready to become President of AACC for the next period after Malaysia. Igor stated that his office was ready to volunteer after consulting with relevant institutions in his country such as the parliament. Similarly, the Chairman of the Mongolian Constitutional Court, Dorj Odbayar, stated that the Mongolian Constitutional Court was willing to become President of AACC in 2022. Odbayar said that 2022 would coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Mongolian Constitutional Court.
Odbayar also touched on the willingness of the Constitutional Court of Thailand Kingdom to become President of AACC. In response, the Constitutional Court of Thailand through its delegation, President of the Constitutional Court of Thailand Kingdom, Nurak Marpraneet, said that his office were ready to become AACC President after Mongolia.
Not only conducting the AACC presidential election, this year’s AACC BoMM also discussed the development of the AACC permanent secretariat located in three countries, namely Indonesia, Korea, and Turkey. In addition, the BoMM also discussed AACC’s preparation in the World Congress of Constitutional Justice (WCCJ), which will take place in Lithuania, as well as the signing of a MoU between AACC and Conference of Constitutional Jurisdiction of Africa (CCJA), the organization of Constitutional Courts of all of Africa. After the BoMM, the Indonesian Constitutional Court will hold an International Symposium as the culmination of a series of AACC activities on August 9-10, 2017 at Alila Hotel, Solo. The International Symposium will be opened by President Joko Widodo at Sebelas Maret University (UNS), Wednesday (9/8).